Mason 53. As featured in the Book “Chasing Sunsets” A practising devout cowards circumnavigation with His Wife and Son.

Dolphin Spirit has been listed on a World Wide exclusive with Mooloolaba Yacht Brokers. Currently docked at Marina Del Rey in California, this Australian registered yacht ( not Australian Imported) has finished its world cruising and is available to purchase. The Owner is based nearby so will be able to do a handover to a new owner.  She is a 1987, semi custom model and no cost has been spared to make her possibly one of the best of her type. Perkins 85hp, (less than 1000 hrs from rebuild) Most electronics and electrical systems new 2016, and all other equipment in good order and voyage ready. She is cutter rigged and has a furling main making her a simple short handed ocean going yacht. Complete with water maker, wind generator,  8KW gen set, Robertson AP300DLX autopilot and a luxurious, fully enclosable centre cockpit and supreme comfort down below, the new Owners will travel the globe or just return to Australia after a year or two exploring the Pacific Islands in total safety and comfort. Call now for the detailed specification and description.

Fuel (L)

772 ltr.  Two black iron tanks each with pneumatic fuel gauge, inspection and clean out plate.


1250 lt. 4 stainless steel tanks each with inspection and clean out plate. All tanks feed a single manifold with selection valves. Pressurised Water 12 volt fresh water pressure pump – 40 psi. Deck outlet with hose fitting. Hot Water 41ltr heater,110 volt and engine cooling water heated through separate systems.


7’ headroom throughout.  Carpeting throughout.  Teak wine and champagne glass holder in salon (1996). Teak plate and dish storage system in the salon (1996). 


3 Staterooms, Queen size beds

Showers & WC

Showers (2) Each shower has a sump with electrical discharge pump. Heads (2) Groco manual toilets with Y-valve to separate holding tanks (both new in 2016). Two holding tanks, one for each head. Each holding tank has manual and electric (macerating) evacuation pumps. Deck pump-out fitting for the holding tanks. Exhaust fans in each head.


Stove – Propane, 3 burner, separate grill and oven, stainless steel, gimballed (October, 2000). Microwave – Panasonic 1100 Watt, built in (January, 2001). Sink – double, deep basin, stainless steel, pressure hot and cold water, foot operated fresh and salt water pumps. Separate treatment system for drinking water. Propane sensing and switching system. Exhaust fan. Teak spice rack in the galley,  Wood knife block in the galley (1996)


170ltr refrigerator, top and front entry – one storage plate. 170ltr freezer, top entry – 3 storage plates. All four storage plates connected in series. All four storage plates are cooled by separate 110 volt driven and engine driven systems. 110 volt “Stone Cold” refrigeration system, salt water cooled, with timer (complete overhaul, 2015). Engine driven refrigeration system, salt water cooled, with timer (complete overhaul, new compressor, 2016). Refrigerator has stainless steel shelves and door activated light.

Water Maker

110V AC HRO System 9 – 500 gallon per day. Not operational, 2016. Needs replacement.


Webasto Model DWB 2010, 40,000 BTU, diesel burning, forced hot water with fan convectors – 2 in salon, 1 each in master, port and starboard staterooms.  Fans switched from nav station.


Samsung flat screen colour TV with DVD player, Sony AM/FM stereo receiver and control unit, Sony CD player, JVC stereo VCR, Cassette player, Rabbit system for operating remote TV, (All the above are permanently mounted in the salon.), Two speakers in the salon, Two speakers in the main stateroom, Two Cybernet waterproof flush mounted speakers in the cockpit., (The above six speakers are selected, individually or in groups, through a switch mounted in the nav station)


Batteries; (12 volt), House bank – Six 8D gel batteries (2016), Engine starting – One 8D gel battery (2016), Gen set starting – one 4D gel battery (January, 2016), Engine and gen set batteries may be paralleled to the house bank by separate switches.

Inverter; Heart Interface 2500 watt, 110 volt (January, 2002), Heart interface 1800 watt, 110 volt,  both inverters separately switched and connected to all 110 volt outlets.

Battery Charging and Monitoring; Link Interface 2000R which monitors the house and engine battery banks (January, 2002).Heart Interface battery charging (smart unit) contained within the Heart inverters. Lewco 80 amp silicon diode marine battery charger (stand-by unit)

Alternator; 150 amp, engine driven (January, 2002)

Wind Generator; Four Winds, two blade, high output (1996). New regulator January, 2002.

Switchboard – nav-station,  All circuits are circuit breaker switched and protected. 110V AC circuit breakers are separate from the 12 volt circuit breakers and distinctly coloured. Each 12 V DC and 110 V AC function is separately switched. Meters for the 12 volt and 110 volt systems.

Shore Power; Separate 50 Amp inlets for 110 Volt and 220/240 volt.

3000 watt 220/110 volt transformer permanently connected to the 220 volt shore power inlet (1997). 110 Volt outlets, Standard household outlets in every cabin and salon and galley. Waterproof marine outlet in cockpit.

Fans; Nine 12 volt fans mounted in all cabins, salon and galley.

Lights; Dome ceiling lights in all cabins, salon and galley, engine room, forepeak, lazarette, anchor locker. Individual reading lights over every bunk and strategically placed in the salon.

Night vision (red) lighting system at sole level.

Exhaust fans; In each head and above the stove in the galley. In the engine room.


Westerbeke 8KW, 110 volt, fresh water cooled. Remote starting and stopping switches mounted on the switchboard. Self bleeding after fuel filter changes. Groco raw water strainer.

Navigation Equip

Radar; Furuno Model 1832, 36 mile, cockpit display (January, 2002), Furuno Model 1712, 24 mile, nav-station display (January, 2002)

G.P.S.; Robertson Shipmate RS5800 (1996), connected to Furuno 1832 radar and Robertson autopilot. Garmin 128 (January, 2002), connected to Furuno 1712 radar. Magellan hand held.

Radio; SSB – Icom 7100 (January 2002) with AT-130 tuner (January, 2002), VHF – Icom M402 (January, 2002) – 2 units, one in cockpit, one in nav-station, with antenna switch. New antenna January, 2002. VHF – Icom M11 hand held with leather case.

Hailer; Standard LH5 hailer (January, 2002) in cockpit with mast mounted Newmar PA40/30 speaker horn (January, 2002).

Autopilot; Robertson AP300DLX (1996) with new junction box (2002), cockpit display and control unit (January, 2002). Autohelm 6000 linear drive with plug-in remote unit.

Instruments; Simrad IS15 Combi depth/boat speed display with bronze removable transducers, wheel pedestal display (January, 2002). Simrad IS15-WD. wind speed/direction system, wheel pedestal display (January, 2012). Datamarine Link 5000 depth, boat speed, wind speed/direction instruments in the nav station with repeater in the cockpit.

Weather Fax; Furuno weather fax with integral printer and separate antenna.

Navtex; Furuno NX-300 Navtex (November, 2000).

Compass; Ritchie, 6 inch Globemaster, cockpit mounted (completely renovated 2016).

Safety Equipment

Fire Extinguishers; 2 in the galley, 1 in the nav station, 1 in the starboard stateroom, 3 in the forepeak, Halon automatic systems in the engine room and lazarette.

Bilge Pumps; Electrical, Low level 10 gallon per minute pump with automatic switching, High level 10 gallon per minute pump with automatic switching (1996). Manual, Henderson pump in the cockpit, Henderson pump below the sole in the galley area Emergency, Valve to allow the main engine to draw water from the bilge rather than from outside (1996).

MOB pole and horseshoe, Life sling system at stern, 6 man Avon offshore life raft in hard canister mounted on deck (1996), All Coast Guard required equipment. Emergency Tiller


Alden Satfind 406 EPIRB


Ground Tackle

Bow Anchors, 48kg CQR with 122m 9mm ABCO high tensile chain. 

34kg CQR with 9m 7mm ABCO high tensile chain and 61m 16mm Samson double braid nylon rode.  Nilsson V 3000 electric anchor winch.  Stern Anchor 20kg Bruce with 76m 10 gauge high tensile chain (June, 2000) and 91m 16mm Samson double braid nylon rode. Lofran’s Leopard electric anchor winch (June, 2000).

Raft / Tender

12 foot inflatable dinghy (new 2015). Yamaha 15 HP outboard (new 2015).

Sail Inventory

Main; 66.42m²- roller furling, UK Sails, new March, 1996. 66.42m² – roller furling, Sobstad, refurbished March, 1996, unused since.

130 Genoa; 81.94m² – roller furling, UK Sails, new March, 1996. 81.94m² – roller furling, Sobstad, refurbished March, 1996, unused since.

90 High Aspect Staysail; 26.20m² – roller furling, UK Sails, new March, 1996. 26.20m² – roller furling, Sobstad, refurbished March, 1996, unused since.

Cruising Gennaker; 167m², with snuffer, red, white and blue, UK Sails, new March, 1996.

Storm Trysail by Hood, unused. Storm Jib by Hood, unused.

Mast / Rigging

Cutter Rigged, Roller furling main, genoa and staysail. Fore spar Stowaway, two spreader, height 64 feet. Fore spar main sail in mast roller furling system (1996). Spinnaker pole is track mounted on the front of the mast. Storm trysail track is welded to the starboard rear. Fore spar spring actuated boom vang (1996). Roller Furling Jib is roller furled by Harken #3 unit Stay sail is roller furled by Harken #2 unit.  Mainsail is roller furled by Fore spar in-mast system (1996).Mast steps to the first spreaders.  All standing rigging is stainless steel 1 x 19 wire with swaged terminals, new in 1996.  Rear stay has new insulators in January, 2002. Rigging was completely inspected in October, 2015.

Deck Gear

All winches except the Maxwell are two speed, self tailing, chrome plated bronze.  All are oversized for their application.

Cockpit, Two Lewmar 55 electric two speed winches, One Maxwell single speed electric winch (not self tailing). Two Lewmar 43, One Lewmar 30.

Mast, Three Lewmar 43, One Lewmar 30, One Lewmar 16.

All exterior stainless steel is 316 grade electro polished, Chain plates are stainless steel, lifelines with gates port & Starboard, Stainless steel propane BBQ (1997), BBQ table mounted at the stern. Custom davit and winch on port side near bow.


Cockpit covered with canvas dodger supported by stainless steel frames.  Isinglass curtains, individually zipped provide complete weather protection. Covers for the three hatches over salon, master stateroom and lazarette. Covers for bow and stern anchor winches. Complete toe rail cover. Cover for the outboard motor. Awning that covers the deck from mast to stern.  Full length side curtain that can be moved from side to side. Awning that covers the deck from mast to bow.  Rain catcher fitting.  


Boarding Ladder – custom, stainless steel, teak steps, folding, permanently in place but can be moved to either port or starboard side. Boarding Ladder – custom, stainless steel, folding, stored in lazarette, can be mounted on either side. Boarding ladder – custom, stainless steel, teak steps, for bow access when Med-moored, bow in.  Hangs off the pulpit. Spare wheel, stainless steel, 5 foot diameter. Spare parts, including Perkins starter motor (2000) and fuel pump. Five, spherical 3 foot diameter fenders (1998). Folding teak table in the cockpit, forward of the wheel (1996). Removable teak cockpit table, aft of the wheel. Teak drink holder in the cockpit.  Bookshelves everywhere (1996).


Make / Model / hp

Engine, Perkins 4-236 diesel rated at 85 HP, fresh water cooled. New hoses, heat exchangers, fuel injectors, 2016)

Engine Hours

Cockpit panel for engine starting and stopping, tachometer, engine temperature, engine oil pressure, voltmeter and hour-meter.


Transmission; Borg Warner hydraulic, 1.91:1. Flexible coupling between transmission and drive shaft.


Max-Prop VIP, 3 blade, 20 inch, feathering, with external pitch adjustment (completely overhauled at the factory, 2016).

Original fixed 3 blade 20 x 13 (spare). Hydraulic shaft brake.


Steering, Edson console in the cockpit with Wagner hydraulic system. Emergency back-up tiller accessed through a plate in the deck above the lazarette.